Sailing Madrid HC (previously Sailing Madrid – 3DSeed) started in Madrid in 2015 with the idea of being the first Spanish team to participate in Hydrocontest, an international competition for students. The first time we competed was in 2016. That year, we had to design, construct and equip two boats for competing, in a rather short amount of time and with the difficulty of finding funding.
Our intention as an association is that the students that want to participate in a Project as original and innovative as this can let their creativity and knowledge reign free working with the team. We don’t consider Sailing Madrid HC as something punctual, but instead we are looking for continuity, improving each year with our new members and new challenges.
Every second time can be an adventure, too. And our second participation at Hydrocontest definetely was. This time, we headed to Sain Tropez, France, with too very different boats. A monohull for the Heavyweight competition, completely build with wood and composite materials, and a catamaran, for the lightweight and the efficiency competition.
This time we learn a lot from other teams, obtaining a great new point of view, which was shown on our results. We run all three of them races, despite of the technical issues we faced through the whole week.
2016 Edition Every “first” is an adventure and that is what our group went through when they decided to get into the Hydrocontest project. The inital inexperience was looked at more as an innovative challenge accepted than as an obstacle that needed to be overcome, and the desire to put their knowledge to practice in the real world was the force that pushed them to get their model afloat.
They only built one hull, modified with different additions for each competition, a type of speedboat that excelled in 2 of the 3 tests in which it competed. It assured that for a single model to succeed in all 3 tests it would need to be a very versatile boat, a characteristic that isn’t easy to achieve, and for that reason this year we’ve made the decision to build two separate models.